Monday 22 October 2018

Poor commemoration for a man who helped create our State

The centenary of John Redmond's death deserved better from current leaders, writes Charles Lysaght

John Edward Redmond
John Edward Redmond

Charles Lysaght

Last Tuesday was the centenary of the death of John Redmond, the Irish national leader from 1900 until his death in 1918. It is sad to record that his life of service to Ireland was not adequately commemorated by the State he played such an important role in bringing into being.

Those responsible decided to mark the day not at his grave in Wexford, as one might have expected, but by facilitating an academic seminar in the National Gallery organised by the Royal Irish Academy. As a commemoration, it just did not measure up.

The President wasn't there and while the Ceann Comhairle, Sean O Fearghail, and the Chancellor of the National University, Maurice Manning, launched things with gracious references to Redmond, the learned academics who followed were more debunking than complimentary.

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